It’s taken years for “Instant Karma” to come to Sony Pictures Animation.
The studio has picked up rights to the project, to be a CGI/live-action hybrid movie, from New Line, where it had been located since 2003. Earlier, the comedy fantasy was at Universal, with Imagine producing.
And in turn, Universal and Imagine picked up the film out of turnaround from DreamWorks.
The script for Instant Karma was written by Paul Hernandez, who is also attached to direct.
The movie tells of a New Orleans safecracker who undergoes a near-death experience, but is reincarnated as a fly. The crook-turned-hero does good deeds to get better karma. That happens as he reappears as several animals, including a frog, raccoon and dog, trying to return to his human form and the woman he loves.
New Line was closest to launching the project. The studio lined up a voice cast that included Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Mira Sorvino, Eartha Kitt and Gene Wilder.
A graduate of the in-house Disney program, Hernandez was a writer on the studio’s 2005 superhero movie Sky High.
Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are the film’s producers.